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RATINGS: 1163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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A Russian Imperial Stout with a hearty malt body and bold hop flavor.
Named after the infamous "Blackout of 2003" that left the northeastern United States in complete darkness, but resulted in old-fashioned neighborhood porch parties and fun.
Available in February & March.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 29, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2006 Bottle from Pailhead. Black in color with a pleasant and fairly dense light-brown head that fades to a ring. Decent lacing is left behind. Aroma is a great blend of roasted malt. Some licorice, light smoke, coffee and chocolate. Full bodied. Plenty of hop bitterness on the tail end of this to balance the malt bill. Quite roasty, bitter coffee, dark chocolate. Nicely done!!<P> Bottle from Santa, opened Dec. í06. Pitch black in color, smallish beige head which fades quickly and leaves some lacing. Aroma and flavor notes are comparable to earlier rating. Numbers stand, still a tasty beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2005
Bitter roast coffee nose, black as coal, almost no head. Big coffee flavour, bitter chocolate notes also. Bitter, bold offering. Terrific! Thanks rudolf!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mds (2240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2005
bottle. thanks Rudy. pitch black body with a small short-lasting head. aroma is predominately raisins, sugar, and fruit. sweet sugary malt body with lots of raisins and chocolate. alcohol makes an appearance in the finish along with roast malt and bitter chocolate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5337) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2005
Bottle - thanks to Pailhead! Pours black with a small brown head. Nose is dark roasted malts, burnt chocolate chip cookies, dark chocolate, light coffee, hint of licorice and molasses. Taste is very rich. Light coffee, milk chocolate, roasted malts, double chocolate chip cookies, molasses, dark alcohol soaked fruits and dark bread. Body is smooth with a relaxed carbonation feel and a lingering bitterness. Lots of dark fruits and brown sugar during the finish along with more roasted malts, dark chocolate, some coffee, and light licorice. Nice beer!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Thanks Santa! Nose is tar, chocolate, burnt black cherries. Body is deep deep brown and has no head. Nice sweet dark chocolate, maple, cherry. Extremely rich. Very bitter chocolate finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - SEP 13, 2005
Upon the initial pour a chocolaty sweetness aroma is evident and quickly gives way to a mild roastedness. The color is a deep rich chocolaty black and the head is a creamy thick than. The head is long lasting and has some lacing. There is a malty sweetness at the start and finishes with a coffee like flavor. The beer is almost full bodied but not quite.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maddog (401) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2005
Another great beer by a brewery who is pushing for elite status. Had Blackout on draft and in the bottle. Both were opaque pours, creamy, dark tan heads, and a nice smooth, roasty flavor with hints of chocolate. Very smooth and easy drinking for a 9 % brew. Not the best Imperial Stout ever, but one good beer nonetheless.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (5066) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - AUG 27, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2008 Bottle: Label states "enjoy by Jul 11/05." Love the aroma on this one. Lots of chocolate in the aroma along with some black licorice, vanilla, light fruit, and a hint of roastiness. Pours a dark brown, virtually black, with a small tan head that fades quickly to a ring. Very malty with lots of chocolate and some caramel. Finishes somewhat roasty, very light coffee, moderate fruitiness, light smoke and light vanilla. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish but adds just the right amount of bite on the palate. I like a little alcohol bite in my Imperials. Iím not getting the hops that most seem to be getting. They are there slightly, but malt dominates. Leaves a chocolate and lightly smoked aftertaste. Excellent Imperial Stout!

Not nearly as good the second time around. Iíll stick with my original rating for now. I have a few more bottles, so if it consistently doesnít live up to my initial impression, I will re-rate.

Iíve had this about 2-3 more times since my first rating and just canít leave the rating at a 4.4. A very good Imperial Stout, but must have caught me on the right day to originally score a 4.4. 9-4-8-4-16

Bottle (Best by 04/05 : Sampled on 3/25/08) : Big chocolate aroma with some roasted malts, fruit, light vanilla, and hints of bourbon. It pours a dark brown, virtually black with a fizzy tan head that quickly fades to a ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate roasted malt and light chocolate. Oxidation is really making itís presence known in the finish (not a positive here) along with some light fruit, and roasted coffee. It seems to have thinned out and the mouth feel is somewhat fizzy. At about 3 years old, Iím guessing this is at least a year, if not more, past itís prime as the aroma is the only thing that stood the test of time. The aroma may have even improved from what I remember, but I canít quite justify a 10 in the category. This was the last bottle I had from this batch, and that appears to be a good thing. 9-4-6-3-13.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrian910ss (2371) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Pours a pitch black color with a thick creamy yellowish head. Smells of roasted coffee,malts,plums,raisins,and dark chocolate. Taste consists of coffee,plums,dark chocolate,smoke and other fruits. Carbonation is present and the alcohol hits after each sip. Excellent imperial stout.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
giventofly (10) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2005
I absolutely LOVE this beer, and it is close to my heart for other reasons. My mother died 3 days after the August Blackout, and the scene on the lable is exactly what we were doing during one of my last memories of her alive. Thanks to Great Lakes for producing such a remarkable product. I can no longer find this beer in cleveland. Any Suggestions? Is it out of season?


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